Travelogue

Lemo–the postcard cliff grave

If you are traveller, you may recognize this picture because it is as unique as the pyramid in Eygpt or the Mo’ai stone statues in Easter Island.

Lemo (Tana Toraja) (3)

I was standing alone at the in front of the cliff just few hours ago. It was indeed very impressive. Below was the view before I walked down and passed by a paddy field to the bottom of the cliff.

Lemo (Tana Toraja) (1)

The well organized “tao-tao’ were displayed on the windows on the cliff face.

Lemo (Tana Toraja) (6)

(you may notice the small spider if you have sharp eye sight).

When I asked the locals, they pointed me a shortcut that was almost inaccessible by my rented bike (muddy roads after 48 hours of rain).

Lemo (Tana Toraja) (2)

Finally, I managed to reach the site before sunset.

Lemo (Tana Toraja) (5)

Some people even buy the wooden statue as souvenir. I am not too sure if I like to have this souvenir hanging on the wall and starring at me. Smile

Tao Tao

Tao-tao (or tau-tau) is the effigies of the deceased.

If you feel strange to see some tourists coming to Tana Toraja to see the burial sites and graves, you may be even more surprise to know that Taj Mahal and Pyramid are the most visited graves. Lemo is one of those graves that you find it beautiful instead of eerie, and also respect for the builders who put up such an amazing grave.

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